What's in Your First Aid Kit? Are You Prepared?
Here is my DOG First Aid Kit. When I travel with Isabelle, I try to bring most of this along with me.
Being prepared is the best prevention!
1. Rectal thermometer (and lubricant for easy insertion). (Didn't mean to list this jarring one first 🤣 )
2. Tweezers and blunt-end scissors.
3. Gauze (can double as a muzzle to prevent stress biting. Never muzzle a dog who is: Coughing, has trouble breathing, or nauseous); bandages; cotton balls.
5. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), if approved by a vet, for bee stings and other allergic reactions. (Dosage is one milligram per pound of body weight.)
6. Syringe to flush eyes, clean wounds, or administer liquid medicine.
7. Alcohol wipes (for sterilizing items).
8. Hydrogen peroxide* (3%only). Very versatile item. Use to induce vomiting (as directed by your vet) and clean wounds and ears. *Hydrogen peroxide will flatten as it ages, so keep an unopened bottle handy.
10. Activated charcoal or Milk of Magnesia. Give orally for ingestion of poisons. Consult with your vet or poison control before administering (you don't want to induce vomiting if your dog has ingested corrosive materials).
11. Saline solution to flush out eyes and clean wounds.
12. Muzzle for restraint for stress & fear biting (or use gauze).
13. Extra leash.
14. Important Numbers: 24hr. emergency vet. Local vet when traveling. Pet Poison hotline.
I use hydrogen peroxide when brushing my teeth. So when buying a new one, I'll rotate the old one from the pet emergency kit with the new one - its never been used so biggie. However, even if used, the opening of the container should never be contaminated so I'd exchange it out even if opened. Also, I mark all items with the date bought and placed in kit, then compare this to the original manufacturer date for "freshness".
Another thing is to include all original vet records for proof of ownership, shots, etc. Place these records in a zip-lock baggie for waterproofing.
I've also got a foil blanket in my little first aid bag. Helps to keep them warm if you've got a situation where body temp is dropping.
Almost all of these things are in my car first aid kit .. All of them and more are in the home kit.
In addition to the hydrogen peroxide, I would add baking soda. Along with a bit of dish soap, it makes a great de-skunking solution (as we learned yet again this week 🤣 . Too bad I didn't take my own advice - we had to run to the pharmacy at 5 in the morning for the supplies! lol!)